It Never Happens the Way We Think It Will Happen

Teri Carter's Library

imagesI am walking my dog when it happens. The woman does not see me. The woman does not see my dog. The woman points her car my way and guns it, and when I see she doesn’t see me—doesn’t see my bright blue shirt nor my arm waving ‘hello neighbor’ in the air nor my big yellow lab standing at the side of her driveway—I dive to my right and the bumper of her car clips my hip and I tumble down and over the newly-mowed grass of her lawn and the next thing I know I’m lying there, just lying there, pushing to get up and looking at my dog looking down at me with her tail wagging, wagging wagging wagging. The dog licks my hand. We are alive, the dog seems to say. We are okay.

For the last decade I’ve been walking my dogs in a downtown…

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Rescue

Therapeutic Misadventures

There was no theme song for the news stories. You just knew it wouldn’t last in the public eye as something of interest. Once we tallied up the number of Americans lost and heard their stories we moved on to other excitement the media had to offer. The actual clean up is so tedious and unsexy.

But they are still out there; cattle, sheep, goats, dogs, cats and people.  Relief workers are  struggling in shifts to offer the basic requirements to keep those who survived alive. I was struck by a story, written in his unique style, by fellow blogger, Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge whose niece was sent to Kathmandu with a relief organization. Phil also brought to light the canine workers being deployed to search and recover humans and animals. We rarely think of what happens to the domesticated and wild neighbors who share in the acts of God.

I searched…

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OPINION: Is there still life in Sepp Blatter after FIFA scandal escalates?

CitiBlog Milton Keynes

FOR many people, the arrest of high-ranking FIFA executives by a Swiss/US probe has signaled a horizon shift.

The last few years have seen football fans despair at FIFA corruption scandals, which have somehow managed to peak ever after the award of the 2022 tournament to Qatar. But with the organisation remaining as strong and, as John Oliver put it, “comically grotesque” as ever, it seemed like the gravy train was continuing to hurtle along at rapid speed. Sure, there were the odd scalps – including the noticeable one of former Vice President Jack Warner – but most of the time, it felt like FIFA had used them up and spat them out.

The fatalism had continued, with a number of opponents stepping down in the race to be FIFA President, leaving Jordan’s Prince Ali the only competitor to sport’s ultimate despot Sepp Blatter. This Friday (29/05) sees the election…

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